Church of England's crisis of faith as attendance falls below 1million for the first time


The hundred of people attending Church of England services each week has fail to below one million for the first time ever, new statistics showed today.

The depend ons reveal that the Anglican Church is experiencing its lowest ever wrecks of attendance – and now has fewer than half the numbers of regular churchgoers as in the 1960s.

A weekly commonplace of 980,000 people attended services in October 2014 – just 1.8% of the sticks’s 53million population.

And regular Sunday attendance fell to 764,700 – 1.4% of England’s populace and down from 823,000 in 2009.

The Archbishop of Canterbury , the Most Rev Justin Welby, has acknowledged the descent, saying the culture is becoming “anti-Christian” and it was easy to int a “very dull picture”.

The decline is thought to be down to a growing number of people who do not rely upon in God and the ageing profile of worshippers, approximately 1% of whom die each year.

The numbers take care ofing church services have fallen by 12% in the st decade.

The 980,000 who did turn to the CofE’s 16,000 churches comprised 830,000 adults and 150,000 youths.

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The church conducted 130,000 baptisms this year, down 12% since 2004, 50,000 federations – down 19% and 146,000 funerals – down 29%.

The latest figures are at odds with the most brand-new England and Wales census, carried out in 2011, which found that 59.3% of the people described themselves as Christian.

This represented 33,243,175 people rivaled to 2,706,066 Muslims, 263,346 Jews, 816,633 Hindu, 423,158 Sikh and 247,743 Buddhist.

The census establish 25.1% of the population have no religion.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales chew out tattle oned the Daily Mirror tonight it estimates that it has between a million and 1.5 million weekly bigness goers.

However, a 2010 survey said weekly mass house waiting upon had fallen by 30% between 1993 and 2010 com red to a drop in the Widespread population of 10%, which peaked at 4.5m in 1993.

The most up-to-date stiff study of Muslim attendance figures at mosques found that 930,000 Muslims in 2005 sit in oned a Mosque at least once a week, although a 2006 poll maintained 48% of Muslims claimed never to attend a mosque.

A report composed by the Jewish Community in 2013 found that 57% observed the Sabbath ton weeks, which would amount to around 168,000 of the currently gauged 295,000-strong Jewish population in the UK.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury said on Monday before leaders of the Anglican Community in Canterbury, Kent: “In England our swarms have been falling at about 1% every year since WWII.

“This week make see the publication of the figures for 2014, continuing that ttern, made to look a skimpy worse by a change in the way we count people.

“The culture is becoming anti-Christian, whether it is on problems of sexual morality, or the care for people at the beginning or the end of life.

“It is easy to colour a very gloomy picture.”

But he added: “In this country many talk of the stanchion Christian society, but the CofE educates more than a million babes in our schools.

“We are involved in almost all the food banks as, for the first time since the 1930s, we receive hunger in this country.

“We are still a major rt of the glue that haves society together…

“It is a struggle, but we are not losing.”

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The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, rumoured the figures were “not in any way a surprise” and “attendance statistics do not tell the whole tidings”.

But he added that “given the age profile of the CofE” he expected the trend to remain as elderly churchgoers die or become housebound.

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Keith Porteous Wood, chairman of the board director of the National Secular Society, said the figure “seriously styles into question its privileged access to political power and right to ends b body the established church”.

He added: “Indeed, it is inappropriate for there to be any established doctrine in a modern, pluralistic society, far less one where the majority do not consider themselves to be meticulous.

“Adults continue to turn away from the church in droves, and despite many of those who consider themselves Christian reject the Church’s practice on ethical matters such as same-sex marriage.”

One of the Church of England’s devoted supporters is its head, the Queen , 89, who attends church every Sunday whichever as far as someone is concerned of the country she is in.

The Sovereign holds the title Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England and assigns Archbishops and bishops on the advice of the Prime Minister.

She does not hold the word-for-word position in the Church of Scotland but made an oath following her accession to marmalade the church.

The figures released do not include the Church of Scotland .

In April 2015, membership of the Church of Scotland was guesstimated at 380,000.

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